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A Face Like Glass

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Kevin T. Collins's style is affecting as he delivers this engaging novel, which is rich with backstories.... Listeners will be transported to Caverna by Collins's vivid descriptions of the strange place and even more peculiar people. After seven years, Neverfell's maturity is audible as she observes the inequality that surrounds her when she leaves the safety of Grandible's home. Her fear will be shared by listeners as she realizes that she's in danger because of her expressive face. The touching epilogue brings a satisfying conclusion." (AudioFile magazine) 

A Face Like Glass is an astonishing and imaginative novel from the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge. 

In the underground city of Caverna, the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair, or fear - at a price. 

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed. 

©2012 Frances Hardinge (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Terrific narrator and story!

Gets exponentially better as it goes, and with issues like that of real life. I love the author and wish that she was better known.😁

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Wrong narrator for the text

Would you try another book from Frances Hardinge and/or Kevin T. Collins?

Yes, I like Hanrdinge's writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Face Like Glass?

Original story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The book needed a female narrator. Why on earth the publishers decided on a male narrator is utterly beyond me. A male voice actively detracted from the story for me. I ended up reading the last third of the book in print because I found the narration so distracting and ineffective.

Any additional comments?

Based on the narration, I cannot recommend this excellent text as an audiobook. Nothing wrong with the narrator--he was just woefully miscast for this book.

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Entertaining

This is a very, very, very, long book. It seemed that some of the story was a little repetitive, but overall, it was worth the time. The first 5 chapters are difficult because you are learning the characters, learning about the world they live in and learning their quirky language. If you push pass that you will be rewarded with a delightful story. It reminded me of the writing of Lewis Caroll. I have mixed feelings about the narrator. His use of the different voices was wonderful. It was very easy to follow the various characters based on his voice. What I found a little irritating was that he overly “eee-nun-see-ate-ted” his words. Not exactly an easy read, but definitely a fun read.

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Absolutely Magical!!

One of the best stories I have ever read! The ending was so beautifully written!

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The narrator is off putting

Would you try another book from Frances Hardinge and/or Kevin T. Collins?

I would buy a book from the author. I have read all of the books she has published so far and love them. I would NOT buy another book read by Kevin T. Collins without listening to a sample first. This is the first time I've listened to a book read by him and it was awful. He spoke in a breathy rush, adding an overwrought edge to every line of dialogue. It was incredibly unpleasant to listen to. I actually stopped listening an hour into the book and bought the kindle version instead to finish it.

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really fun story, funny and exciting.

main character is enduring and brave. the story is full of clever ideas that keep your imagination spinning. the plot twists and is a happy story after all.

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Full of wonder and cleverness

I couldn’t stop banging my head on how clever Frances Hardinge’s transformations are. Turning ordinary cheese into a weapon, lanterns, caverns, people, and wine. So original, it took me a while to accept the world that is created, but once my mind accepted it, it’s a fantastic read.
The tragedy, loss, and strength that is build into this story is something for all ages. I recommend it to anyone needing a break from their reality and wanting to delve into a whole new world.

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Intriguing

The storyline and narration kept me riveted. I listened to it every chance I got!!! I loved the inventive names given to the characters and places.

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A repeated delight and all encompassing.

A Face like glass does a masterful job of expertly dissolving reality around you and inviting you to a comfortable trip into Caverna. This town is do multi-layers with desirable and despicable characters. Death comes smoothly for many, slips by most and is wielded with suave expertly unfolded by the narrator. If this was read by anyone else it would have fallen flat. The narration keep this book alive in your heart long, long after the epilogue. Do yourself a favor and embrace a Face Like Glass. Should be on a required reading list. So complex, so much to discuss about life, society, the valuation of people, assumptions etc.

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Best fiction I've ever read.

The language was so unconventional but so understandable. The story was delightful! The experience was great for kids and adults alike.